'Income Opportunities for Small Acreages' workshop
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[August 17, 2012]
Landowners looking for opportunities to
increase their income will find the "Income Opportunities for Small
Acreages" workshop a great benefit. Whether you have a small plot of
land or even a large farming operation, but have some acreage to put
to another use, this workshop is worth your while. It will be
presented in Lincoln on Sept. 4 and is free and open to the public.
The workshop will run from 8:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the
Extension building, 980 N. Postville Drive in Lincoln, and then
there will be an optional tour of PrairiErth Farm.
The workshop will include the steps to become a certified organic
operation, presented by Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, University of
Illinois Extension educator for local food systems and small farms.
Dr. Joel Gruver, professor with the School of Agriculture at Western
Illinois University, will provide the latest information on small
farm organic farming research that he is conducting.
The highlight of the workshop will be presentations by Dave
Bishop and Kelly Schneider of
PrairiErth Farm, which
is a 300-acre USDA-certified organic farm near Lincoln. Bishop has
30 years of farming experience and is a much-sought-after expert on
organic farming. Schneider will present her specialty, vertically
integrated edible biosystems, commonly called "food forests."
"Organic farming is very special," said Bishop. "We enjoy working
with the land and sharing our products with customers, with whom we
develop a very special relationship."
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Attendees will also learn about technical and financial
assistance available from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service. This agency offers cost-share programs for vegetable and
specialty crop production and for organic and transitioning organic
production. If your farm is not yet signed up for USDA programs, a
representative from the USDA Farm Service Agency will be on hand to
go over the basics of getting your farm records set up to become
Lunch and the opportunity to apply for a travel stipend are
available to those who preregister by Aug. 27. For more information
or to register, contact Prairie Hills RC&D at 309-833-4747 or email
The workshop is sponsored by the Illinois Association of Resource
Conservation and Development Councils, National Association of RC&D
Councils, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and
co-sponsored by Blackhawk Hills RC&D, Prairie Hills RC&D, Two Rivers
RC&D and the University of Illinois Extension.
[Text from file received from
University of Illinois